33ft/iStock/Thinkstock(WICHITA FALLS, Texas) — A Division II college football player died on Tuesday from injuries suffered in a game this weekend.
Cornerback Robert Grays, a sophomore at Midwestern State University, was injured making a tackle in his team’s game against Texas A&M-Kingsville on Saturday. An athletics department spokesman told ESPN that Grays had been hospitalized in Wichita Falls on Saturday and flown to a hospital in his hometown of Houston.
School president Suzanne Shipley penned a statement released by Midwestern State Wednesday morning mourning Grays’ death.
“Robert touched many lives while attending the university, but perhaps he will be remembered best for his smile. He was an inspiration on and off the field to those around him, and he will be remembered with love and affection by his friends, classmates, coaches and teammates.”
The nineteen-year-old’s family offered a statement thanking those who had offered “prayers, kind words, condolences and support.”
Grays was the second college football player to die this week. College of Wooster offensive lineman Clayton Geib, 21, died Sunday after the school reported that he “did not feel well” during the team’s weekend game.
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